Mission Statement:

"To advance through research, education and symposia, an increased public awareness of the Cape Fear region's unique history."

   

Experience the Historic Past with our

"Confederate Wilmington Walking Tours"

Only From CFHI

Phone 910.619.4619

bernhard1848@gmail.com

Join us for  a memorable and informative walking

tour around historic blocks and buildings that were

witness to presidents, statesmen and generals,

from colonial times through the antebellum and

War Between the States (Civil War) era.

No other tour is as unique and revealing!

One of the most knowledgeable historians

of ante-bellum and War Between the States-Era

Wilmington and North Carolina, researcher,

writer, reenactor and architectural historian

Bernhard Thuersam leads our multi-block tour

of the Historic District while pointing out prominent

and interesting architectural styles that trace the

architectural development of this historic city.

Bernhard Thuersam, Director (right)

Cape Fear Historical Institute

Mr. Thuersam is a 2015 recipient of the

"Horace L. Hunley Award,"

the second-highest award presented to a non-member

by the Sons of Confederate Veterans organization.

Its purpose is to recognize those who

have contributed to the study and accurate

representation of the history of the American

South, and preserving it for future generations.

He has also received a Certificate of Merit from the

Order of the Southern Cross in 2015 in recognition of

outstanding achievement and leadership in the

preservation of Southern history.

The "Confederate Wilmington" walking tour is a

perfect complement to visits of War Between

the States-era Forts Anderson and Fisher.

Step-on bus and personal vehicle tours to

both forts are available on request --

special rates apply.

Learn of Wilmingtonian's viewpoints during

the secession crisis of 1860-1861, local centers

of secession spirit like Louis Erambert's pharmacy;

Unionist spirit and sentiment; seizures of local

forts by militia in 1861, the fortification of Wilmington

after war began, Wilmington's defenses, site of Rose

Greenhow's funeral, Cape Fear District headquarters,

ironclad construction and launch sites,

and the battle for Wilmington in 1865.

We utilize visual aids to include historic images

and original sketches of historic buildings to show

Wilmington "as it was" circa 1865.

 

   

On this walking tour you will follow

in the footsteps of George Washington, James Monroe,

Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, Alexander Stephens,

Jefferson Davis, Generals Beauregard, Bragg, French

and Whiting, and many Wilmingtonians who led local

men in regiments that comprised Lee's famed

Army of Northern Virginia.

This unique tour is well-prepared for those wishing an

in-depth and scholarly view of Wilmington history of

this era, and far more than a supericial walk through

Wilmington's Historic District.

Tours Available 7 Days - 9AM -6PM Daily

Reservations required, please call 910.619.4619 or

email bernhard1848@gmail.com for more info.

$25 per person, cash only, and we are dog-friendly.

Wilmington walking Tours begin at the foot of Market Street.

Private, personalized and morte in-depth tours available

on request, also step-on services, please call for pricing.

 

 

CFHI LECTURES, EVENTS & SYMPOSIA:

March 5, 2016

Annual Confederate Flag Day Observance

Historic State Capitol Legislative Chambers

Raleigh, North Carolina

Keynote Address by Bernhard Thuersam, Director, CFHI

September 15, 2015

"The Defense of Confederate Point, 1865"

Bus Tour to Fort Fisher and Sugarloaf

Narrator, Bernhard Thuersam, Director, CFHI

Order of the Southern Cross, Annual Convention

September 16, 2015

"The Historic Cape Fear Club and Its Founders"

Grand Ballroom, Historic Cape Fear Club

Wilmington, North Carolina

Keynote Address by Bernhard Thuersam, Director, CFHI

Order of the Southern Cross, Annual Convention Banquet

June 6, 2015

"The Twilight of Independence, 1865"

Historic Downtown Burlington, North Carolina

Reenactment/Living History at Company Shops

Speaker, Bernhard Thuersam, Director, CFHI

May 2, 2015

"Confederate Memorial Day, Historic Oakwood Cemetery"

Raleigh, North Carolina

Keynote Address by Bernhard Thuersam, Director, CFHI

March 7, 2015

"General Hoke at Duplin Roads"

Historic Wallace Railroad Depot,  Wallace North Carolina

12PM to 9PM, General Admission $5

Artillery/Infantry reenactors, living histories, interpreters.

Huckleberry Brothers Band, period musical entertainment.

Candlelight Tours begin ay 6PM, Admission $10

March 25, 2014

"General Hoke at Duplin Roads"

Wallace and Teachey, North Carolina

Living history presentation to high school students

 and general public.

June 25, 2013

"Refugeeing from Wilmington: Families Fleeing the War "

Lumberton, North Carolina

Lecture by Bernhard Thuersam, Director, CFHI

May 9, 2013

"Niagara and the Confederacy:

Wilmington Blockade Runners to Canada"

Carthage, North Carolina

Lecture by Bernhard Thuersam, Director, CFHI

April 29, 2013

"Parallels of Wilmington History: Colonial Thru 1865""

Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

Lecture by Bernhard Thuersam, Director, CFHI

April 11, 2013

"Wilmington & Weldon Railroad:

Prosperity Comes to the Cape Fear"

Raleigh, North Carolina

Lecture by Bernhard Thuersam, CFHI Director

February 23, 2013

"Steamers Come to the Cape Fear River"

Swansboro, North Carolina

Lecture by Bernhard Thuersam, CFHI Director

January 30, 2013

"Cassidy's Shipyard at Wilmington"

Wilmington, North Carolina

Television Interview with Bernhard Thuersam, CFHI Director

June 7, 2012

"Wilmington During the Secession Crisis: 1860-1861"

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Lecture by Bernhard Thuersam, Director, CFHI

May 10, 2012

Memorial Day Address, Cross Creek Cemetery.

Historic Fayetteville, North Carolina

Address by Bernhard Thuersam, Director, CFHI

April 15, 2012

"North Carolina's War Between the States Sesquicentennial"

Whiteville, North Carolina

Lecture by Bernhard Thuersam, Director, CFHI

April 10, 2012

"Wilmington During the Secession Crisis: 1860-1861"

Garner, North Carolina

Lecture by Bernhard Thuersam, Director, CFHI

March 20, 2012

"Wilmington During the Secession Crisis: 1860-1861"

Conway, South Carolina

Lecture by Bernhard Thuersam, Director, CFHI

March 10, 2012

Annual Confederate Flag Day Observance

Historic State Capitol Legislative Chambers

Raleigh, North Carolina

Keynote Address by Bernhard Thuersam, Director, CFHI

January 21, 2012

Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson Day Observance

Wayne, Johnston & Lenoir County SCV

Kinston, North Carolina

Keynote Speaker, Bernhard Thuersam, CFHI Director

May 20, 2011

Sesquicentennial Observance of NC Secession Ordinance

Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry (FILI) Museum

Historic Fayetteville, North Carolina

Presentation by Bernhard Thuersam, CFHI Director.

May 10, 2011

Memorial Day Address, Cross Creek Cemetery.

Historic Fayetteville, North Carolina

Address by Bernhard Thuersam, Director, CFHI

April 26, 2011

Wayne County Museum of History

Goldsboro, North Carolina

"Wilmington During the Secession Crisis, 1860-1861"

Lecture presentation by Bernhard Thuersam, DDirector, CFHI.

February 24-27, 2011

Cape Fear Club, Historic Wilmington

Wilmington, North Carolina

(CFHI sponsorship)

Ninth Annual Abbeville Institute Scholars' Conference

"The South and America's Wars"

May 22, 2010

Harmony Hall Plantation Living History

White Oak, North Carolina

"Bladen County History: 1730-1865"

Lecture Presentation by Bernhard Thuersam, Director CFHI

November 21, 2009

Wallace Historic Railroad Depot (Restored)

Wallace, North Carolina

CFHI Information Booth & Period Reenactors

October 10, 2009

Sampson County Historical Museum

Clinton, North Carolina

CFHI Information Booth & Period Reenactors.

April 4th & 5th, 2009

The North Carolina Azalea Festival

Historic Downtown Wilmington

Please visit the CFHI Information Booth near the Hilton Hotel.

June 3rd, 2008

"Walk Through Wilmington History"

Historic Downtown Wilmington Walking Tour

Steven McAllister, Historian

(Sponsored by the CFHI)

May 21st & 22nd, 2004

Lincoln Reconsidered Conference

Speakers Dr. Clyde N. Wilson, Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo

Historic Downtown Wilmington

(Sponsored by the CFHI)

May 9th, 2004

Black Soldiers in Union & Confederate Service

Alexander McAllister Cheek, Historian

(Sponsored by the CFHI)